Scientific discoveries, high-tech advances and ecosystem restoration – BHP Billiton’s forward-thinking investments in the Great Barrier Reef are creating a significant impact.
Hundreds of previously unknown marine species were discovered during the Australian component of the global census of coral reefs, part of the international Census of Marine Life project to catalogue all life in the oceans.
The six year, $30M eReefs project collaboration is developing publically accessible, digital tools that provide vital information for the Reef, transforming the way scientists, managers and other Reef users can check on its status. The eReefs Marine Water Quality Dashboard is available online. Scientists are now working to develop a complete seven-day forecast for the Reef that will be publicly accessible on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Raine Island Recovery Project
The ecosystem supporting the world’s largest green turtle nesting population is the focus of this five year, $7.95M collaboration between BHP Billiton, the Queensland Government, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Wuthathi Nation and Kemer Kemer Meriam Nation (Ugar, Mer, Erub) Traditional Owners and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The project aims to protect and restore the island’s critical habitat to ensure the future of key marine species, including green turtles and seabirds.
Reef Resilience Framework
This world-leading project will have global impact, helping reef managers internationally to assess and prioritise reef threats and challenges, and then implement strategies for climate change resilience planning.
BHP Billiton also supported the Foundation to develop its research portfolio in 2011.